Google Cast Beta extension update allows for 1080p casting of Chrome tabs

Chromecast_dongle (1)Google has updated their Chromecast companion extension for the Chrome browser that brings in a pretty useful new tweak for slinging your browser tabs to your television. If you’re using the beta version of the Google Cast extension in Chrome, you’ll be able to cast your tabs in full 1080p, up from the 720p option that’s available in the stable version.

To top it off, the beta extension allows you to adjust the bitrate of your casted tabs, plus set a limit on the maximum FPS captured from those tabs. If you’ve got a nice router, you can really turn those settings up to get a fantastic experience with your Chromecast, but if you’re dealing with a cheaper or slower router, you may not want to crank the settings up too high.
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Google gives us a peak at winning entry image recognition system

GoogleImageSpotlightGoogle has shown us this morning its winning entry that was entered in an annual computer vision challenge. Those who’ve entered include industry labs and academic institutions. Google has also made its work available to other researchers.

“In this year’s challenge, team GoogLeNet tasks, doubling the quality on both tasks over last year’s results. The team participated with an open submission, meaning that the exact details of its approach are shared with the wider computer vision community to foster collaboration and accelerate progress in the field…”

Google’s self-driving cars is one of the directions the search giant will go in with the technology among apps like YouTube and photo/image search.


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Google 7″ Tablet passes through FCC, Could be Nexus 7 (2014)

Nexus-7_FCC_testing Google just sent an unannounced 7-in tablet through the FCC, meaning we should be seeing another small tablet hit being released shortly. The model name for the aforementioned device is NX74751, the NX being the primary reason to suspect it being the next Nexus 7. There has also been speculation that this tablet is the LG G Pad 7.0 GPE, due to the battery being manufactured by LG.
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Google Play now carrying Glass Explorer Edition in the U.S.

 

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The Moto 360 is not the only new product that became available in the Play Store starting today. Google has put its own Glass Explorer Edition up for sale in the United States. The Charcoal, Tangerine, Cotton, Shale, and Sky color options are all available and Google is allowing customers to pick up a frame or shade at no extra cost.

The Glass Explorer Edition costs $1,500 with plenty of accessories, from earbuds to cases and pouches, to choose from as well.

Source: Google Play

The answer to ‘what is L?’ in Android L could come tomorrow

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Google changed things up this year by giving us a preview of the next big version of Android. However, they didn’t name the damn thing. It’s simply Android L. Will that be the name or will tradition remain in place with the “L” being a tasty dessert such as Lollipop or Licorice? All signs seem to point towards Lemon Meringue Pie, but we won’t know for sure until a statue is put out in front of the Googleplex.


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Nest Protect gets new features

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Google’s Nest Protect, the conscious in-home thermostat and smoke alarm, has released new features that will be rolling out to users starting today. One of the features is a 10-day history of  use which details what has happened day-by-day and displays graphical data to help you understand what is going on in your home. The new history feature should help you identify potential sources for false alarms in order to avoid them in the future.
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Google agrees to refund 19 million to consumers over in-app purchases

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Google has reached a settlement with the FTC agreeing to fully refund consumers charged for their children’s in-app purchases. The decision is hardly a surprise, considering Apple reached the same agreement in January, and Amazon did the same in July. The issue arises from Google’s requiring a password for purchases every 30 minutes and “blurring the lines” between real money purchases and virtual ones. The FTC’s issue arises from a few lawsuits filed by parents looking for retribution after giving their children free reign over their devices.

Source: FTC

Google for Work is the company’s repackaged enterprise suite

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Starting today, Google’s enterprise solutions will fall under a new name. The company has announced that Google for Work is replacing Google Enterprise. The rebranding is to better align itself with small businesses rather than large companies alone. Google, as stated by chairman Eric Schmidt, wants small businesses to feel empowered by the tools available. Google for Work includes services such as Gmail, Drive, Maps, Search, Chrome, Android, and much more. On the hardware end of things, Google is making sure that Google for Work is an extremely useful tool on Android and Chromebook devices.


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YouTube launches Fan Funding, a virtual tip jar for video makers

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Google continues to make their YouTube service more valuable to film-makers and casual users, including the launch of the new Fan Funding feature, which allows the video’s host to set up a virtual tip jar which fans can contribute to using their Google Wallet. The service, which has so far launched in the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, can be used directly from the video’s page or from the Android app. Obviously YouTube gets a cut of the donations, which in the US equates to 5% of the total donation plus a flat 21 cents.


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Google engineers lay out ambitious future for Android Wear

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In a new interview with CNET, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton and the Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the future of the Android Wear platform and where they see it going in the near future. According to Singleton, “one of the things we’re going to be able to do is add the ability for these devices to start working with some of the other devices you might wear on your body” as part of several updates expected to be pushed out. The two engineers think the update cycle for Android Wear will be quite fast, reminiscent of the earlier years of Android on smartphones.
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